When Mercedes unveiled the all-new 2016 AMG GT, one thing was fairly obvious. It wouldn’t be as nutty as its SLS predecessor, sporting less power, a smaller engine, and sans gullwing doors. But this is AMG we’re talking about, Mercedes’ official tuning arm, so we never should have expected them to go soft.
It appears they haven’t. The image above previews the next iteration of the AMG GT – its FIA GT3 racing version, which is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show and replace the acclaimed SLS AMG GT3 in the 2016 racing season. It sports bulging bodywork and aerodynamic creasing, but best of all, it will spawn an equally hardcore road-going version.
A super-fast “Black Series” AMG GT has been speculated for a while now, and a new report from the UK’s Autocar pencils in some of those details. AMG boss Tobias Moers told the publication that the road-going car would need to be a well-rounded package, “I don’t want to make a dragster that’s only good for going 0-60mph in 2.8 seconds.”
He later elaborated that more power needed to be extracted from the turbocharged V8 and more weight needed to be cut from the body, in addition to crafting better aerodynamics and a different suspension. A suggested 80kg (176 lb.) would likely slashed from the new car’s weight, as well as a 10 percent horsepower gain, which would notch its power-to-weight ratio within the same vicinity as the Porsche 911 GT3. Grudge match? I think so.